The White House has approved long-pending fighter jet sales to Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, the chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker confirmed Wednesday.Interesting.
The package reportedly includes 72 Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles for Qatar and up to 40 Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets for Kuwait. Bahrain’s package includes Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters.
The cases have gone forward to the Hill, where relevant committees will review them ahead of a formal notification, Corker, R-Tenn., told Defense News. The Pentagon and State Department had already cleared the sales.
"I'm glad where we've gotten to the point where the notification is coming to Congress. We've been pushing for it for some time," Corker said.
Kuwait and Qatar first requested those potential sales more than two years ago.
So I guess Boeing isn't out of the fighter business...yet. This has implications for the F-35 but I'll leave that to others to discuss.